The need for public understanding of the ocean's role in global environmental sustainability has never been greater. Bigelow scientists are committed to sharing their discoveries with educators, students, and the public through a variety of programs, both at the Laboratory and within the regional community.
Our inquiry-based high school and undergraduate programs provide exciting ways for students interested in ocean science to gain hands-on experience in the lab and in the field. Now in its 23rd year, the Laboratory's annual Keller BLOOM Program provides a five-day research experience for Maine high school and home-schooled juniors each May. Bigelow Laboratory is also the site of a ten-week National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program, Gulf of Maine and the World Ocean. The REU is open to undergraduates from around the United States who are interested in a summer position at the Lab.
Bigelow has recently begun hosting professional development workshops for Maine high school science teachers, where teachers and Lab scientists work together to improve ocean science education in the state. The goal of these workshops is to provide an opportunity for teachers to gain the skills, knowledge and tools needed to integrate the subject into their existing science curricula.
Our researchers occasionally offer internships for undergraduate and upper-level high school students. Information about these opportunities is available on the Internship and individual Senior Research Scientist web pages.
The Maureen Keller Undergraduate Scholarship is available to Maine students pursuing Bachelor's Degrees in earth or biological sciences.
At the professional research level, Bigelow Laboratory offers courses each year as part of its Foundations of Marine Science series.